My murmur sounds more like the ocean than a heartbeat and is due to a mitral valve prolapse. It is complicated by ruptured chords (tendons that control the valve). To compensate, my heart enlarged. The only thing to do to fix it is open-heart surgery.
Fortunately this area is blessed with excellent cardiac surgeons and cardiologists. After some tests and diagnostics, it appears that my valve can most likely (85% chance) be repaired and the hope is for a smaller chest crack. The recovery is rough but a long-standing issue with fatigue will eventually be rectified.
It helps that my health is excellent. I credit Chinese medicine and the good herbs and foods of the earth. They give me strength and keep me going. But sometimes the big guns of western medicine are necessary.
I am now firmly in favor of western medical check-ups.
Please keep me in your prayers and good thoughts. I miss you all, already. Looking forward to being back!
Karen believes affordable health care is a right and community acupuncture is a perfect way to bring Chinese Medicine to the people.